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Nigel Farage threatens Boris Johnson saying he will take action if UK is not ‘free’ | UK | News

Marking the one year anniversary since the Brexit Party won a landslide in the 2019 European Parliament elections, Mr Farage took to Twitter to remind the Prime Minister of his duty to deliver Brexit on time. The party won 29 seats in last May’s elections forcing the Conservatives and Labour to suffer heavy losses, with the former getting less than 10% of the vote.

Mr Farage said at the time: “A big, simple message – which is we’ve been badly let down by two parties who have broken their promises – we have topped the poll in a fairly dramatic style.

“The two-party system now serves nothing but itself. I think they are an obstruction to the modernising of politics.”

Taking to Twitter this afternoon, he added: “One year ago today The Brexit Party stunned the establishment and easily won the European elections.

“Without us, Mrs. May would have limped on and there would have been no Brexit on 31st January. Let us hope that Boris frees us from transition.”

 

Boris Johnson pledged that the UK would leave the EU by December 2020 saying his priority was to “get Brexit done”.

He also promised to seek “common ground” and to approach politics with a “new and generous spirit” after the rancour of recent years.

The UK left the EU on January 31st but will remain in the EU’s customs union and single market and will not have voting rights in the bloc’s institutions.

However, rows have broken out in trade deal negotiations as both sides accuse the other of being unreasonable in their demands.

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“A fisheries deal, ‘such as the one you’ve done with Norway’, would suit us.”

“He finishes off at the end of the letter saying, ‘what is on offer is not a fair free trade relationship between close economic partners, but a relatively low-quality trade agreement coming with unprecedented EU oversight of our laws and institutions’.”

Mr Farage’s comments came after a study by the influential think tank Institute for Government (IfG) which warned that a new Brexit border in the Irish Sea would not be ready by Boris Johnson’s December deadline.

The government admitted last week that there would be some checks on certain goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK from January 2021.

But the IfG said the transition period must be extended or a longer implementation period be needed for the Irish Sea border.

It warns that many businesses are focused “staying afloat” because of the coronavirus crisis and cannot be expected to concentrate on new trade arrangements.

It added: “The timetable for putting arrangements in place for the Irish Sea border was very tight even before Covid-19 hit Europe.

“But now coronavirus has slowed the pace of negotiations on the future relationship, delaying key decisions.”


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